CAIRNS RHEUMATOLOGIST DAVID BOSSINGHAM RETIRES AFTER 22 YEARS IN FNQ

Unless you or someone you know has needed the services of a rheumatologist, chances are you have no idea what they do. Rheumatology is a medical specialty dealing with problems of the joints, soft tissue, and some auto-immune diseases. The main reason people go to […]

DO FLESH EATING BUGS LIVE HERE IN FNQ?

Midway through 2011,  far north Queensland doctors began seeing people presenting with nasty ulcers that were turning surrounding tissue into sludge. It was an outbreak of what’s known locally as Daintree ulcers – a condition that’s been known for many years now, but no-one’s really […]

TOLGA BAT HOSPITAL – FNQ WILDLIFE CARERS IN ACTION

Far north Queensland is home to large numbers of bats and flying foxes. If you’re lucky enough to see one up close, they’re adorable little creatures. But not everyone loves them. Fruit growers see them as a real threat to their crops and livelihoods. Flying […]

COEN – THE CAPE YORK QUARANTINE FRONT LINE

Driving on Cape York is an adventure – but some road journeys are a challenge. Any chance for a break from the dust and the corrugations is an opportunity you should take. One place you can stop – if you’re south-bound it’s compulsory – is […]

TWO NEW FNQ YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION MEASURES LAUNCHING THIS WEEK

  We love life in tropical far north Queensland – a lovely, healthy place to live. But that wasn’t always the case. In the late 1800s, Cairns was a small frontier town surrounded by mosquito-infested swamps. Tropical diseases were a daily threat to life, and […]

CLOSING THE GAP IN LOCKHART RIVER – Dr CHARLES ELLIS

I’ve lost count of how many times I heard politicians utter the phrase “closing the gap” over the past year. The “gap” is the vast difference in health and life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. The statistics are frightening. If you’re an indigenous Australian, […]